Mental Wellness Week at George Brown College

Mental Wellness Week is coming to George Brown College from Oct. 15 to Oct. 19.


The Student Association (SA), which funds The Dialog, will be organizing this event to help provide relief to stressed-out students.


“Students go through a lot of struggles, especially around October when mid-terms and assignments are due” said Ronnie Cruz, the SA’s community services co-ordinator, “which is why we decided to host it a week before intersession week.”


Throughout the week, students will have access to resources and be supported during this hectic time.


“This is kind of like a cool down period for them, it just helps them to decompress,” said Arnel Fleurant, the SA’s director of education.


The week intends to be a reminder to students of how essential it is to take care of yourself.


Cruz emphasized the importance of self-care for students.


“It’s almost as important as just simply eating a meal when you’re hungry, because it’s something that we all forget, especially (because) we have so many other responsibilities that we need to take care of,” she said. “We often sacrifice so much and give very little time and effort into taking care of ourselves.”


The SA’s Mental Wellness Week will include a food drive, therapy dogs, services and organizations tabling, and movie screenings. For details see


If you are in distress and in need of immediate assistance, there are resources available at George Brown College (GBC) and around Toronto.


GBC offers counselling services for full-time students who are currently enrolled.

  • Counselling is free and confidential
  • Discuss academic and non-academic issues
  • Arrange ongoing support with a community referral


How to schedule a counselling appointment:

  • Visit or call the counselling office at your campus

St. James: 200 King St. E., Room 582C

Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 2107

Casa Loma: 160 Kendal Ave., E.,Room C317
Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 4585

Waterfront: 51 Dockside Dr., Rm. 225
Phone: 416-415-5000 ext. 5370


George Brown students at Ryerson visit room JOR 07C

  • Or e-mail:


If it is after office hours, consider these options:


To talk to someone:
Call a distress line: 416-408-4357 (HELP)
TTY: 416-408-0007


If you feel suicidal:
Go to your closest hospital emergency department
Call a distress line: 416-408-4357 (HELP), TTY: 416-408-0007


For immediate medical advice:
Call Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000, TTY: 1-866-797-0007


For mental health assistance:
Call Gerstein Centre: 416-929-5200 (same for TTY service)


For walk-in counselling:
Sherbourne Health Centre: 416-324-4180


Brampton: 905-450-1608 ext. 101


Mississauga: 905-897-1644 ext. 101


Post-secondary Student Help line


Good2Talk 1.866.925.5454 or connect through 2-1-1


Original article can be found HERE.

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